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  • 1. Increasing Student Awareness of Professional Training Programs Edward Freeman, Ph.D. January 9, 2007
  • 2. Course Description
    • Practical skills necessary for professional success
    • Written and oral communication to explore different career opportunities
    • Gain an understanding of the detailed requirements to pursue a specific career
  • 3. Emphasis
    • Preparation to pursue graduate and professional studies leading to careers in science and the health professions.
  • 4. Topics & Research Assignments
    • choosing a career – 2 class sessions
    • http:// home.sjfc.edu/CareerServices/majors/default.html
    • Research and class discussions
      • “ Career Tracks” listed and they place themselves (health care, government, law, research etc.)
  • 5. Research Assignment 1
    • What do you want to do after you graduate from college, what are your specific career goals?
      • What is the goal of the assignment?
  • 6. Research Assignment 1
    • What do you want to do after you graduate from college, what are your specific career goals?
      • To learn what makes each student tick…begin a dialogue about their needs & wants from career.
  • 7. Research Assignment 2
    • Advanced Training program research
      • What is the goal of the assignment?
  • 8. Research Assignment 2
    • Advanced Training program research
      • Researching training programs: practical skills and an understanding of what they should be considering based on their personalities, experiences, and where they are in life.
  • 9. Research Assignment 3
    • The Application Process - Requirements, Financial Considerations, and the Harsh Reality of Admission to Professional Programs
      • What is the goal of the assignment?
  • 10. Research Assignment 3
    • The Application Process - Requirements, Financial Considerations, and the Harsh Reality of Admission to Professional Programs
      • Application process – deadlines, navigate websites, read the “fine-print”
      • Financing advanced education – sources of money and how much will they need for all years
      • Backup plan – because sometimes students do not achieve their goals on the 1 st try
  • 11. Research Assignment 4
    • This research assignment can be broken down into three distinct parts:
      • What is the goal of the assignment?
  • 12. Research Assignment 4
    • This research assignment can be broken down into three distinct parts:
      • To understand what a CV or resume is and what is appropriate for their program of study (& make one)
      • To consider who will write recommendation letters
      • Entrance exam – what test, when, how to study, cost, retake options.
  • 13. Research Assignment 5
    • Pulling All of Your Research Together
      • What is the goal of the assignment?
  • 14. Research Assignment 5
    • Pulling All of Your Research Together
      • Timeline – detailed consideration of what must be accomplished prior to entrance to the next program
        • Courses and semesters
        • Entrance exams
        • Volunteer/shadowing experience
        • Application deadlines
        • Financial aid deadlines
        • When should advanced training be done (a reality check!)
  • 15. What Else do the Students Do?
    • Mock Interview
      • Early November
      • Professionals
      • Professional etiquette and dress
      • Feedback
    • Shadowing Document
      • Compilation of all relevant experience
      • OR description of importance of shadowing and plan for how to “log some hours”